Haunted by jeers, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia (AP) — A Virginia city’s penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.

The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote on Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail if they go door-to-door in pursuit of candy on October 31.

The Virginian-Pilot reported no teens have ever actually been arrested under the ordinance. But it made news last Halloween, ending up parodied on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Mayor Rick West said the town’s sudden infamy left him sleepless.

The amendment would eliminate the jail penalty. Trick-or-treating past the age of 12 instead would carry fines of up to USD250, as would violating the 8pm curfew. The proposed policy mirrors that of neighbouring cities.